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Attempted Abduction


August 30, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, August 23 around 12:53 in the afternoon, the Blythe Police Department responded to the 500 Block of S. Broadway regarding a suspicious dark colored van. A group of three elementary students told officers that they were approached by an unknown race male with a mustache, driving an unknown make or model dark colored van on their way home from Appleby Elementary School.

The person in the van asked the children if they needed a ride. They told him they did not and the van drove away.

Officers checked the area but did not locate the vehicle or the driver. They also checked all of the schools in the Blythe area for any similar type vehicles but did not locate any.

The Blythe Police Department forwarded the information to the California Highway Patrol and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Additionally, Cpl. Jakobsen, the School Resource Officer, contacted all the schools in the Blythe area and told them about the suspicious vehicle and driver.

As always, we take calls of this nature very seriously. We do not have any additional details about the driver or vehicle to release at this time.

Parents should give their children tips to avoid a potential abduction. Also, it is important to teach children how to avoid being takin, and how to resist a potential abductor, and how to escape. Kids are vulnerable and trusting, and it is our job as parents to remind them of basic safety rules, including:

  • Don’t walk away with anyone other than a parent, or the person who was already arranged to take care of you that day.

  • Remember, an adult does not need help from a child – not to find a puppy, not for anything. If an adult stranger is asking you for help, or offers to give you a ride that’s a warning sign.

  • Tell your children to avoid getting into a car with a stranger at all costs and tell them to be loud about. Yell “You are a stranger. I don’t know you. Help.” Run the opposite direction towards people. Tell a teacher, your parents, a known adult family member or a Police Officer immediately.

  • Talk to your children so they know the rules: what is OK and what is not OK. Give them the confidence to take action if they feel someone is trying to take advantage of them.

The most important thing parents can do is to communicate openly with their children at home. Know what is going on in your child’s life by asking questions.

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at 922-6111 or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273).

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact Blythe Police Department at 922-6111, or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail.



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